WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Uses ‘Fake’ Accent & Gets Put On Blast By Twitter

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez always finds herself in the headlines. The rising Democratic Socialist is known for her quips on social media and because she is outspoken she often finds herself in the crosshairs of political rivals. The latest “controversy” surrounding AOC, however, is an odd one.

While speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York, Ocasio-Cortez was speaking with a bizarre southern twang that is usually not noticeable in her voice.

That led to many calling her accent “fake” and accusing the Congresswoman of pandering to the predominantly black crowd.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is speaking in front of a predominately Black audience, and she is using this weird ‘Ebonics’ accent in her voice. She damn near sounds like Diamond & Silk,” Tariq Nasheed wrote on Twitter. “I’m surprised she didn’t end her speech with ‘can you jive turkeys dig it.'”

“Accent mimicry is a real psychological effect and some researchers attribute it to empathy,” wrote Rini Sampath, a board member of IGNITE National. “I think it comes off as disingenuous when politicians do it because we immediately assume bad intent.”

Don Lemon of CNN, meanwhile, defended AOC’s accent: “We’re talking about code-switching. I do it, we all do it. There is a difference between mocking someone and knowing your audience.”

Listen for yourself:

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: "I'm proud to be a bartender. Ain't nothing wrong that. There's nothing wrong with working retail…There is nothing wrong with preparing that your neighbors will eat."

"There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America." pic.twitter.com/VTzLpybKfw

— ABC News (@ABC) April 5, 2019

As you might expect, AOC was quick to fire back on social media.

““Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same,” she said on Twitter. “Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up. My Spanish is the same way. These conspiracy mills are [trash].

“As much as the right wants to distort & deflect, I am from the Bronx. I act & talk like it, *especially* when I’m fired up and especially when I’m home. It is so hurtful to see how every aspect of my life is weaponized against me, yet somehow asserted as false at the same time.”

Of course, that didn’t stop the criticism.

“Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living,” wrote Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire.

You can check out some of the other Twitter responses below.

.@AOC to say that we should cook, clean and drive buses is adding more insult on top of your FAKE RACE BAITING accent! while you are in DC you need to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.https://t.co/NWwu9wRCTo

https://t.co/9VNempJCHh pic.twitter.com/jewt7TGjb4

— Aja Smith for Congress (@AjaforCongress) April 6, 2019

Dear @AOC

Me and every other black person can do more than just a bartender, a retail worker, a waiter or a bus driver

If this is all you think black people can do you have a serious problem

— Khaliq Rodriquez🇺🇸 (@khaliqrodriquez) April 6, 2019

This is the end for me. How dare @AOC get up there and disrespect the intelligence and integrity of black folks like that

I literally could not watch this all the way through the first 5 attempts.

These Democrats are pimping out black neighborhood in plane view!!

Dang shame https://t.co/fiBnN05h3U

— Brandon Tatum (@TheOfficerTatum) April 6, 2019

Rep.@AOC received private tutoring lessons from Hillary Clinton in “Black People Voice Technique” before she spoke at Al Sharptons conference. She had a bottle of hot sauce on standby in her purse in case she needed it.

— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) April 6, 2019

This embarrassment of a woman @AOC really got up there and did that raggedy accent in front of all those black people.
PSA: Not all black people are improper. Not all black people fold clothes and drive buses.

— Jorden 👑 (@_realjgoodwin) April 5, 2019

Don’t you even try it.

Where was that “Bronx” accent when you were on 60 minutes talking to @andersoncooper like you were a six year old little girl? Your Christine Blasey Ford “accent” is my personal favorite.

STOP PANDERING TO BLACKS, @AOC!
WE SPEAK ENGLISH TOO. https://t.co/WYJED6zZzV

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 6, 2019

Tucker Carlson calls out socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for lying about the accent she used today while speaking to a predominantly black audience. pic.twitter.com/WbxJVbEhkU

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 6, 2019

Who did the fake Southern accent better – Alexandria "this is what changing the country looks like" Ocasio-Cortez or Hillary "I don't feel no ways tired" Clinton?

😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4awvbYSDJ2

— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) April 6, 2019

She trying too hard. The accent is so obvious😂

"Ain't nun wrong with dat"

Every African-American does not talk in this way. I guess you're trying to "win the black vote."

This ain't it, @AOC https://t.co/98AVVRPjXA

— Jamarcus Dove-Simmons🇺🇸 (@Jamarcus_Dove) April 5, 2019

It's amazing that @AOC has the nerve to call Donald Trump a racist. I've never once heard him change his accent while talking to a crowd of African Americans, or call blacks who disagree with him "tokens". Can't say the same for AOC though.

— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) April 6, 2019

What in the theatre class is going on here? Wow. This is sad & disturbing at the same time. https://t.co/MkLnhcOt1h

— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) April 5, 2019

As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, AOC better get used to the constant attention and criticism. Because it won’t be stopping anytime soon.

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